Along with full-time assistant captain Patrice Bergeron, Ference will wear the ‘A’ during home games and Kelly will wear it on the road. Then the two will switch for the second half of the season.
“We feel like we have a lot of leaders in our dressing room and, if at some point, one of those guys ends up on the sideline for whatever reason, somebody else will be replacing one of those guys. We didn’t feel we’d get as much impact at just moving it around all the time. There needs to be some sort of stability, but our leadership group remains bigger than the letters that out there and we’re going to take advantage of that inside that dressing room.”
Julien said the players and coaching staff all agreed Ference and Kelly were the best choices to wear the letter on their sweater.